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Flexible working rights extended

Jun 30, 2014

The right to request flexible working has today been extended to all employees with more than 6 months service.  The right was only previously available to parents or carers.

All eligible employees will have to make their request in writing and the employer will have to follow a ‘fair’ procedure.  The employer can then only refuse the request for one of 8 statutory reasons; 

  • the burden of additional costs on the employer;
  • detrimental effect on your business’ ability to meet customer demand;
  • your inability as an employer to reorganise the work within the existing workforce;
  • your inability as an employer to recruit additional staff;
  • detrimental impact on quality;
  • detrimental impact on performance;
  • an employer’s inability to reorganise the work within the existing workforce;
  • insufficiency of work during the periods the employee proposes to work; and
  • planned structural changes

Although this is a major step to liberalising working hours it is important to note that employees still only have the right to request flexible working hours.  They do not have the right to flexible working hours.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding flexible working requests or any other employment law query please do not hesitate to contact our Gary Smith on 01279 712576 or via email gsmith@nockolds.co.uk.


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Gary Smith

Gary joined Nockolds in 2007 and is a Partner in our Employment Law Team. Before joining the firm Gary studied law at the University of Kent. ...

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